Alumni Board of Directors

2018 Alumni Board

Vernon Avant
Vernon Avant
Executive Business Consultant HCMKC
Olathe, KS
(913) 908-4667


Debora Blume
Debora Blume
B.A., Broadcast Journalism, 1994
Senior Implementation and Communications Professional
West Des Moines, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: Living in Campbell Hall/MASH House and meeting so many people who are still my friends today.


Drew Conrad
Drew Conrad
M.P.P., Public Policy, 1993
Economic Development/Senior Program Manager, Institute for Decision Making, University of Northern Iowa
Waterloo, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: The people! The students, faculty and staff cared and were proud to be at UNI! They truly made it a unique place for me and my graduate education.


Victoria Crouse
Victoria Crouse
B.A., Health Promotion, 2007
Senior Advisor, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Washington, D.C
(319) 415-9914

Favorite UNI Memory: Traveling to Salt Lake City with 4 UNI classmates to compete in a national public health competition...and coming in 1st place!


Courtney Chabot Dreyer
Courtney Chabot Dreyer
B.A., Public Relations, 1994
Senior Counsel, Corteva Agriscience
Newton, IA


Jerry Glazier
Jerry Glazier
B.A., Psychology, 1977
Former Telecom Executive - Consultant in Corporate/Community Relations and Human Resources
Kansas City, MO
(816) 210-0960

Favorite UNI Memory: The many life-long friends I have made and still to this day stay in regular contact with.


Eric Hackman
Eric Hackman
B.A., Finance and Economics, 2012
Lead Financial Analyst, Thomson Reuters
Eagan, MN

Favorite UNI Memory: One year we grabbed practically everyone on our Freshman floor to have a massive snow ball fight in the Quad court yard.


Ben Hammes
Ben Hammes
B.A., Political Communication, 2008
Director of Public Affairs, Master Builders of Iowa
Clive, IA


Jerry Harris
Jerry Harris
Chief Operations Officer Western Home Communities
Cedar Falls, IA
(319) 230-7688


Michele (Livingston) Haupt
Michele (Livingston) Haupt
B.A., Social Science Education, 1983
Section 8 Advantage Coach, Sioux City Housing Authority
Sioux City, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: My favorite memories are all the people—friends especially, but also the professors. I also loved the Christmas songs from the campanile. 


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Steven Jackson
M.B.A., Business Administration, 1996
HRIS Sr. Analyst, Centura Health
Littleton, CO

Favorite UNI Memory: 2010 Panther victory over top-seeded Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.


Jason Lau, Ph.D.
Jason Lau, Ph.D.
B.A., Leisure Services, 1999; M.A., Leisure, Youth & Human Services Administration, 2002
Executive Director, School of Extended and International Education, Sonoma State University
San Rafael, CA

Favorite UNI Memory: I had a great experience participating in the Camp Adventure Child & Youth Services program serving military families worldwide.


Kevin Mote
Kevin Mote
B.A., Finance, 1987
VP Trust Officer/Property Manager, MidWestOne Bank
Mt. Vernon, IA
(319) 356-5963

Favorite UNI Memory: Love the fact that it is a hybrid school—smaller than U of I or ISU but similar to Cornell or Coe College (smaller classes, small campus, etc.) Plus, it’s mostly Iowa kids who stay in Iowa.


Joe Murphy
Joe Murphy
B.A., Economics, 2006
Senior Vice President Government Relations, Greater Des Moines Partnership
West Des Moines, IA


Connie Peters
Connie (Sander) Peters
B.A., Elementary Education, 1973; Library Media Certification, 1986
Retired Educator
Cedar Falls, IA
(319) 240-1160

Favorite UNI Memory: Being an Orchesis member from '69-'71.


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Beth (McKee) Primrose
B.A., Education, 1966
Retired Elementary Teacher, Cedar Falls Community Schools
Cedar Falls

Favorite UNI Memories: The Campanile and Prexy's Pond!



Kevin Saville
B.A., Accounting, 1987
Corporate Counsel, Frontier Communications
Minnetrista, MN
(612) 839-0909


Catherine (Kay) (Kruger) Smith
Catherine (Kruger) Smith
B.A., M.A.
Retired from AIB College of Business
West Des Moines, IA
(515) 669-7215

Favorite UNI Memory: Walking around campus on spring eveningsso peaceful.


Coree Smith
Coree Smith
B.A., History, 1998
Partner, Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Chicago, IL

Favorite UNI Memory: Performing at UNI football games as a member of the UNI Dance Team!


Therese Stevens
Therese Stevens
B.A., Public Relations, 2012
COO, BraceAbility
Cedar Falls, IA


Dustin Toale
Dustin Toale
B.A., Real Estate & Finance, 2016
Real Estate Broker, Compass Real Estate
Chicago, IL
(319) 327-0001

Favorite UNI Memory: Over the course of my four years at UNI, I had the opportunity to represent the University as both TC and TK. While attending weddings, sporting events, meet-and-greets and so much more, I saw the University from a very unique perspective. I will forever remember all the blood, sweat and more sweat that went into my experiences and how I was able to do my part in giving back to UNI. #AwwTC


Doug Whittle
Doug D. Whittle
B.A., English Education, 1973; M.S. Journalism & PhD Organizational Leadership at Iowa State University
Retired, Whittle Consulting Group LLC
Urbandale, IA
(515) 208-4500